Historical canvas Louis Vuitton trunks

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Finishes Louis Vuitton

Historical canvas Louis vuitton trunks

They correspond to a scale of luxury and resistance. The qualities are distinguished by the play of leather or canvas with the slats worn in the saddle wood, by the harmony of the edges covered with painted sheet metal, lozine (vulcanized fiber) or leather, and finally by the brilliance of brackets, locks and buckles in brass, or rivets in steel and brass.

 

 

Extract catalog Louis Vuitton 1914:

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Louis Vuitton trunks come in eight different qualities.

 

The catalogs produced since 1892 distinguish different qualities of luggage according to their structures and their coatings.

 

Depending on the times and the catalogs there are a number of variants.

 

Although there are many special cases here are the main finishing qualities:

 

Brute Finish

Brute Finish louis vuitton trunk

 

The production of this kind of chest will be definitively stopped at the death of Louis Vuitton.

 

Chest in raw wood, very archaic manufacture. Used to store an object in particular, it is a box of packing.

 

It was Mr. Louis Vuitton's first lay packer job.

 

Exterior: raw wood without canvas.

 

Inside: glued paper.

 

 

Black Finish

Black Finish trunk Louis Vuitton

Also called: 6th series in 1914.

Particularities:

  • No capiton
  • No wheels below

Canvas : black vuittonite

 

Border : Lozine or Moresque

 

Lock and hardware : black lacquered steel

 

Inner lining : beige canvas

 

Finish used in the commercial range.

 

 

6th series: Robust trunks, although simple in appearance, providing good service; very used as

packing trunks. Black canvas (Extract catalog Louis Vuitton 1914)

 

 

Lower finish

Lower finish trunks louis vuitton

Also called: 5th series in 1914

 

Particularities :

  • Flat box slats
  • No capiton
  • Unsigned nails * Louis Vuitton
  • No wheels below
  • No belt loop

Canvas : Trianon, United Vuittonite or Clear Checkerboard

 

Border : Moresque also called steel border.

Inner lining : glued paper

 

5th series: Robust trunks, though simple in appearance, providing good service; very used as

packing trunks. Checkered yellow canvas (Excerpt catalog Louis Vuitton 1914)

 

 

Moorish finish

Moorish finish louis vuitton trunks

Also called: 4th series in 1914

 

Particularities :

  • No corners at the bottom
  • No capiton
  • No wheels below
  • No belt loop

Canvas : extra strong checkered canvas, plain vuittonite, or LV monogram.

 

Border : Moresque also called steel border.

 

Clasp, corners, lock : lacquered steel

 

Lining : beige bonded fabric

 

4th series: canvas exterior, all iron fittings, gray canvas lining . Especially used for trips to Europe where they give excellent results.   (Excerpt catalog Louis Vuitton 1914)

 

 

Superior Moorish finish

Superior Moorish finish trunk louis vuitton

Also called: 3rd series in 1914

 

Particularities :

  • Casters underneath
  • Belt loop (or strap)
  • Capito

 

Canvas : Extra strong Damier canvas, plain Vuittonite, or Monogram LV.

 

Border : Moresque also called steel border.

 

Lock : Polished brass

 

Lining : Beige bonded fabric

 

3rd series: outdoor strong canvas, iron fittings, copper lock, casters, strap, light gray canvas lining.

Especially used for travel in Europe, where they give excellent results.   (Excerpt catalog Louis Vuitton 1914)

 

 

Dark Lozine Finish

Dark Lozine Finish trunk louis vuitton

Also called: 2nd series in 1914

 

Particularities :

  • Lozine clear
  • Always brass corners
  • Capito
  • Casters underneath
  • belt loop (or strap)
  • Leather handles

Canvas : Extra strong canvas Monogram LV.

 

Border : black Lozine or dark brown Lozine

 

Lock : Polished brass

 

Clasps : Brass or lacquered steel

 

Corners and squares : lacquered steel

 

Lining : Beige bonded fabric

 

2nd series: exterior extra strong canvas, brass fittings, iron and black lozine. Mostly used for travel

overseas, which, thanks to their rugged solidity, their lightness and elegance, ensure the traveler

maximum security possible. Lined with white canvas, the frames are strapped with our patented toggle buckle, they are equipped with our safety lock with grooves and complemented by casters and a belt.

Note: In some small sizes we have removed the casters and the belt.   (Excerpt catalog Louis Vuitton 1914)

 

 

Lozine clear finish

Lozine clear finish trunks louis vuitton

Also called: 1st series in 1914

 

Particularities :

  • Lozine clear
  • Always brass corners
  • Capito
  • Casters underneath
  • Belt loop (or strap)
  • Leather handles

Canvas : Extra strong canvas Monogram LV.

 

Border : Lozine clear: light brown or orange according to the periods, signed "LV"

 

Lock, clasps , corners and squares : Polished brass

 

Lining : Beige bonded fabric

 

1st series: E outer upper canvas, brass fittings and   leather, yellow lozine . Mostly used for travel

overseas, which, thanks to their rugged solidity, their lightness and elegance, ensure the traveler

maximum security possible. Lined with white canvas, the frames are strapped with our patented toggle buckle, they are equipped with our safety lock with grooves and complemented by casters and a belt.

Note: In some small sizes we have removed the casters and the belt.   (Excerpt catalog Louis Vuitton 1914)

 

 

Leather and Brass Border Finish

Leather and Brass Border Finish trunks louis vuitton

The most luxurious version in monogram canvas, which will be replaced in 1914 by the clear lozine finish known as the 1st series.

 

Particularities :

  • Leather trim
  • Always brass corners
  • Capito
  • Roulette underneath
  • Belt loop (or strap)
  • Brass handles

Canvas : Extra strong canvas, Trianon, Striped, Damier or Monogram LV.

 

Border : Cowhide

 

Lock, clasps , corners and squares : Polished brass

 

Lining : Beige bonded fabric

 

 

United Vuittonite Finish

United Vuittonite Finish

Particularities :

  • Leather trim
  • Leather corners
  • Hardly ever wooden lath
  • Capito
  • Roulette underneath
  • Belt loop (or strap)
  • Leather handles

Canvas : Extra strong solid color canvas called Vuittonite

 

Border and corners : Cowhide

 

Lock, clasps , brackets : Polished brass

 

Lining : Beige bonded fabric

 

Vuittonite series:   plain Vuittonite exterior, brass and leather trim .   Mostly used for travel

overseas, which, thanks to their rugged solidity, their lightness and elegance, ensure the traveler

maximum security possible. Lined with white canvas, the frames are strapped with our patented toggle buckle, they are equipped with our safety lock with grooves and complemented by casters and a belt.

Note: In some small sizes we have removed the casters and the belt.   (Excerpt catalog Louis Vuitton 1914)

 

 

All leather finish

All leather finish trunks Louis Vuitton

Particularities :

  • Some have copper nails
  • The most expensive version of the Louis Vuitton catalog at the time
  • Some assembly parts are sewn or nailed
  • Capito
  • Roulette underneath
  • Belt loop (or strap)
  • Leather handles

Canvas : First choice cowhide

 

Border and corners : Cowhide

 

Lock, clasps , brackets : Polished brass

 

Lining : Beige bonded fabric

 

Cow series:   fully upholstered in premium cowhide leather, sewn and riveted, brass trim.

This is the ultimate luxury trunk. Mostly used for travel

overseas, which, thanks to their rugged solidity, their lightness and elegance, ensure the traveler

maximum security possible. Lined with white canvas, the frames are strapped with our patented toggle buckle, they are equipped with our safety lock with grooves and complemented by casters and a belt.

Note: In some small sizes we have removed the casters and the belt.   (Excerpt catalog Louis Vuitton 1914)

 

 


Referencing of canvases Louis Vuitton

canvas lv very old and vintage

 

 

Louis Vuitton has constantly evolved his paintings.

 

The first were united, then checkered, and the famous LV canvas more known today as the "monogram", these paintings have gone through the ages.

 

The first were woven, then stencilled, then screen printed to become today's canvas.

 

The canvases evolved between 1858 with the canvas Vuitton gray Trianon United and 2010 with the canvas Murakami.

 

They have come a long way, they have evolved along with French industry, chemistry and technology.


Definition: Mark

Depending on the technique and materials used and period, the canvas present variations of textures and colors, which collectors and professionals call "Mark" marks we try to refer to below.

 

Note: The "Mark" corresponds to the typography, the colors used can be altered and skated according to the exposures

(Humidity, uv ...) which explains a multitude of hue for the same Mark.


Canvas of the old trunks


Trianon

louis vuitton 1889 hat trunk trianon gray

 

 

Trianon gray canvas - Coated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton 1889 Hat box

trianon trunk louis vuitton

 

 

Appearing in 1854, the oldest covering existing on the Louis Vuitton trunks is a hemp canvas painted in oil in gray called "gray Trianon".


Striped

striped louis vuitton trunk

Striped canvas - Woven

 

Appearance of the brown and red striped canvas.

canvas striped Louis vuitton red

canvas louis vuitton striped trunk

Striped canvas - Woven

 

Louis Vuitton hat trunk 1886

louis vuitton canvas striped beige brown

It presents variations of brown and beige shades


Damier

tropical trunk courrier louis vuitton damier

 

Tropical damier coated canvas - Stencil

 

The yellow beige checkerboard is also called tropical.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton "courrier" trunk 1889

tropicale canvas damier vuitton

 

Mark II

 

These beige, brown, printed versions preserve the appearance of a weaving of mats, while allowing the rhythmic appearance of the mention "L. Vuitton registered trademark" 

 

 


Dark damier canvas louis vuitton cabine trunk

 

 

 Dark damier canvas - Stencil

 

 

The most common color.

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton "cabine" trunk 1890

canvas louis vuitton mark 1 1880

 

 

 Mark I


Louis Vuitton Hat box 1895 damier

 

Louis Vuitton Hat box 1895

Louis Vuitton  canvas old trunk damier mark 2

 

Mark II


Monogram Woven

Louis Vuitton courrier trunk woven

Monogram Canvas - Woven

 

Monogram LV

 

 

Louis Vuitton "courrier" trunk 1903

Louis Vuitton monogram canvas woven old trunk

The Monogram canvas was created in 1896 by Georges Vuitton, son of Louis Vuitton.

 

It is a canvas woven to the jacquard craft, linen thread of two tones, one ecru, the other ground of its own, which shows a drawing in camaieu. Resistant fabric but also very flexible and, therefore difficult to work, sticking with rye flour and dextrin, it will be eaten by hungry rats.

The complexity of the implementation will lead to the abandonment definitively in 1905 because too difficult to work.


Monogram Coated Stencil

Louis Vuitton Hat box 1895 damier

Monogram Canvas - Stencil

 

Monogram LV yellow gold

 

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton courrier trunk 1906

Louis Vuitton courrier trunk mark 1

Mark I

From 1904 onwards, the Monogram canvas was converted into a printed version in order to follow the evolution of the coating materials: the appearance of the Pegamoid coating resin in fact reversed the ornamental technique since the canvas, this time devoid of pattern, is d First decorated with roses and monograms. This decoration is then stencilled in yellow-beige on a brown background, to restore the original damask pattern.

 

Until 1959, the canvases will be stencilled.


Louis Vuitton monogram trunk bleu mark 1

 

 

 

Even though anecdotal, the colored monogram trunk is part of the Louis Vuitton heritage.

 

Malle-auto Louis Vuitton 1916

Louis Vuitton mark 1 monogram

 

Mark I Blue

 

Rare Canvas Monogram of color developed between the years 1910 and 1930, declined in green, red and blue.


Louis Vuitton courrier trunk

 

 

Monogram LV yellow lemon

 

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton Mail Briefcase 1914

Louis Vuitton canvas trunk mark 2

 

Mark II

 


Louis Vuitton canvas mark 3

 

Mark III

 


Louis Vuitton canvas mark 4

 

Mark IV

 


Louis Vuitton cabine trunk

 

Canvas less contrasted and discreet

 

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton " Cabine " trunk 1935

Louis Vuitton canvas mark 5 trunk

 

Mark 5


Louis Vuitton suitcase leather 1952

 

 

 

Latest edition stencils

 

Very intense bright yellow, light brown chocolate background.

 

It is the most contrasted

 

 

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton wardrobe suitcase 1952

Louis Vuitton canvas mark 6

 

Mark VI


Canvas Vuittonite solid color

 

 

The Vuittonite is a thick coated canvas originally developed for automotive luggage. It will quickly seduce customers for its sobriety, and ca wide range of color.

 

Pastel Yellow Vuittonite Canvas trunks louis vuitton

Pastel Yellow Vuittonite Canvas

 

It is a very rare canvas. Very little produced

Pastel Yellow Vuittonite Canvas It is a very rare canvas. Very little produced vuitton

Vuittonite Grain Pork Leather

 

Very rare, see rare

Orange vuittonite canvas it is the most popular canvas

Orange vuittonite canvas

 

it is the most popular canvas

Vuittonite Grain "sorrow" The most common declined in many colors

Vuittonite Grain "sorrow"

 

The most common declined in many colors

Red Vuittonite Canvas louis vuitton trunks

Red Vuittonite Canvas

 

It is the rarest present on some automobile trunk and certainly the most sought after.

Louis Vuitton trunk hat box yellow

 

Yellow vuittonite canvas

Louis Vuitton brown canvas trunk old

 

 

Canvas brown Vuittonite

Green vuittonite canvas

Louis Vuitton canvas gray vuittonite old car

Canvas gray vuittonite

 

Not to be confused with the canvas trianon,

 

Mainly used for automotive trunk.

Louis Vuitton canvas black trunk car

Black Vuittonite Canvas

 

It is the canvas intended primarily for the trunk self also the canvas la rependu